That happened twice to him in 1999 at two consecutive events. The concussions were so great they caused damage to his spine. Both times the cast blocks were at fault.
After that second explosion he decided to hang up his fire suit for good.
This is a guy that raced everything . Street cars,motorcycles, dragsters and set records in drag boats and and top fuel cars.
First gasoline powered dragster to top 200 mph in 1966 (twin engined Pontiac).
He's been inducted into numerous motorsports halls of fame.
The stuff of legend.